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UPDATE: Marion County Board of Education Suspends 2 NMHS Teachers

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UPDATE:10/6/14

The Marion County Board of Education met Monday night and the hot button issue on the agenda was the proposed suspension of two North Marion High School English teachers.  

The Board of Education launched an investigation in August, after a "team building group exercise" left students with various injuries.  Emotions ran high as parents, teachers, and local unions expressed their disapproval after the Board unanimously voted to approve Superintendent Gary Price's motion to suspend the teachers, April Gilpin and Kristin DeVaul, for one day without pay.   

"We are not insensitive to a child getting injured, but I will guarantee you there is not a teacher in that room that has not had a student injured on their watch and that is exactly why we are fighting so hard against this one day suspension," said Frank Caputo, AFT-WV Staff Representative.

Dr. Babette Simms,Board of Education member said, "We are not talking about stopping creativity here, we are talking about blatant, blatant injury to our students.  You don't see kids strapped together dragging down a practice football field and not put a halt to that."

Caputo said the AFT-West Virginia plans to appeal the decision with a level 3 grievance.



UPDATE:9/03/14

The investigation continues on a group of teachers at North Marion High School.

Monday, August 25 an investigation was launched after parents said during a "team building group exercise", students were tied together resulting in various injuries and grass stained clothing.

The group of teachers returned to school Tuesday, September 2 but Marion County Superintendent, Gary Price said they are still in the process of reviewing the information.

"The status right now is that the school administration has concluded their investigation. They have turned the material over to us at the central office.  We are in the process of reviewing that information and deciding if their needs to be any other recommendation at this point," said Price.  

The Board of Education has not set a time table, for when the investigation will be completed.


ORIGINAL: 8/26/14
The Marion County Board of Education has launched an investigation on a group of teachers at North Marion High School.

Parents said during a "team building group exercise", students were tied together resulting in various injuries and grass stained clothes.

Marion County Superintendent, Gary Price said since this is a personnel issue he could not comment.

However, he did confirm the accused teachers were not in school Tuesday.  

Stay with 12 News as this story develops.

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